Once again a very insightful book, Bertrand Russel is all together on a different level. This reflects the narrowing of philosophy’s scope in the English-speaking world 100 years ago, eventually making itself more or less a subdiscipline of linguistics (a self-imposed constriction which has only fairly recently been loosened). But the very differently worded formula on the opposite page (p. 68) which seems to be taken as equivalent to denying the above, beginning, if matter were essentially something with which we could not become acquainted--i.e. If knowledge is possible, if a priori knowledge is possible, comparing the rationalist and empiricists, etc. The self is a complex system, like other objects, and may be known from many points of view with equal grasp of its real being. But something which essentially we could not know (Mr. Russell says, become acquainted with, but the meaning of the doctrine is deeper) is a miracle, that is, something the alleged conditions of whose existence contradict the conditions of knowledge, so that in as far as we prove it to exist, we ipso facto prove it not to be what it was said to be. Dense is probably the best way to describe Russel's writing style. So, if you want to read some great philosophy, and have a kindle, then you should look no further than this wonderful book. We are however justified in making judgments of this type, as knowledge by description, to which I will recur. Still the book presents a completer survey of his views, though of course less detailed in its departments, than he has published before. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. (¶ 31), I referred above to Mr. Russell's view of the limits of philosophical knowledge. This book is intended to be an epistemology primer, but I think it fails pretty hard at that. Mr. Russell is indeed eager to prove, as he thinks, against philosophers that a thing may be known to exist although we do not know anything of it. That being said, this is a great book, that anyone will enjoy. Only I am not sure what application he has in mind when he censures philosophies which recognise in the universe nothing alien to the Self. Unfortunately he rarely shows his considerable wit in this relatively early work. ↩, Review of The Problems of Philosophy, n. 3: The argument that there can be no contradiction in space, because logic has proved all sorts of spaces possible, amounts to very little. There is only a difficulty if we ask, What is the object as intrinsic or unconditioned? ↩, Review of The Problems of Philosophy, n. 8: I am here following Prof. Stout. Knowledge un-categorized is the study of knowledge....then it become a branch of Science and not until. We only have to extend it to all objects, and the system of truth rises up single and systematic against the chaos of data and physical objects and self-evident principles. The abstraction, that is, grows thinner and thinner. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016. And I believe that post-Kantian idealists would mostly take this view. It is free, that is the biggest plus. This is a fascinating subject and I will be reading more. Source: Wikipedia.commons. in logic and in its general bearing a mere formulation of popular prejudices. For anyone who has not delved in the field of philosophy before, patience in reading this book is advised. (¶ 23), We have knowledge by acquaintance of sense-data outward and inward, of the past through memory, and of certain universals. This was my second read and I learned much more than on my first read. (¶ 10), Whatever is given in sensation or is of the same nature as what is given in sensation, is particular. Book Review: Problems of Philosophy (Bertrand Russell) June 10, 2014 Andrew Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! April 15th 2005 A great introduction to modern epistemology and metaphysics, Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2010. (¶ 22), This notice is already too long, but there are still some important points which must be mentioned. (¶ 14), However, there are physical objects, unknown except by inference and analogy, behind a single or double veil of perceived data and objects. But Russell treats his subject with characteristic lucidity; the clarity and precision of his logic and phrasing have a certain austere beauty, if that’s the right word. Volume I, edited by Jacob Gould Schurman (President of Cornell from 1892 to 1920), contained articles by William James and John Dewey.